Curriculum in Science and Policy

The PSC PhD Program in Plant Sciences requires completion of 12 ECTS (credit points) from courses organized or accredited by the PSC. This includes: PSC courses, Life Science Zurich Graduate School courses, courses from Swiss Plant Science Web PhD Programs, and university courses in the area of transferable skills.

For your curriculum choose courses from the table below. The table is taken from PhD guidelines (PDF, 185 KB) (PDF, 687 KB):

How to compile the requested 12 ECTS

  • Policy Workshops A – F: choose 4 courses (Compulsory Activities)
  • Basics of Policy Sciences: choose 1 course (min. 1 ECTS, Compulsory Activity)
  • Courses on Research Skills (Facultative Activities)
  • Courses on Transferable Skills (Facultative Activities)
  • Colloquium 'Challenges in Plant Sciences' (Facultative Activities)
  • Presentation (Talk, Poster) at an International Conference (max. 1 ECTS, (Facultative Activities)

→ Reference: Training Overview section in the Science & Policy program guidelines.

Accreditation of other courses (ECTS)

Participation in other courses (national/international) need prior agreement of your PhD supervisor.

All ECTS acquired outside of Universities of Zurich and Basel, ETH Zurich and associated PhD Programs need a confirmed accreditation through the PSC office: fill the form in the submenu Procedures → Accreditation of external courses. 

PSC offers courses in collaboration with Life Science Zurich Graduate School, University of Zurich, University of Basel and ETH Zurich. Students have to make sure to follow accreditation procedures for all other courses.


All students who started their PhD after February 2016 have to participate in the LSZGS introduction event Scientific Integrity - An Introductory Course (2 hours, no ECTS).

During this event students sign the declaration of “Good scientific practice” that becomes part of your DissGo documents. All PhD students that have or will participate in a course on “Research Integrity” or “Ethics” in their PhD program don’t need to visit the introduction class. For all accredited training courses check the scientific integrity training course catalogue.